what is the word for crying or wailing at times of funeral ?

The word is “ululate”. It consists of three syllables; the first is pronounced like the word “Yule”, which rhymes with “mule”, “fuel”, and “duel”. The second syllable sounds like “you”, and the final syllable is like the word “late”. The main stress is on the first syllable. “Ululate” is mostly used in formal contexts and means to howl or wail. This ritualistic wailing can be performed at times of mourning or celebration.

*From a distance we could hear the ululation of the mourning women. *When he heard the news, Anand raised his hands and ululated.

S. UPENDRAN,  The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, Feb 28, 2005


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